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Changing Our Own Destiny

changing our own destiny by Shamshad Ahmed

Before his arrival on his maiden visit to Pakistan in April, President Xi Jinping of China sent an exceptionally warm message to the people of Pakistan: “When I was young, I heard many touching stories about Pakistan and the friendship between our two countries. To name just a few, I learned that the Pakistani people were working hard to build their beautiful country, and that Pakistan opened an air corridor for China to reach out to the world and supported China in restoring its lawful seat in the United Nations. The stories have left me with a deep impression.”

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The Purpose Of Prayer

Purpose of Prayer

The institution of prayer is found in all religions of the world in one form or the other. All the great religious personalities have recognised that prayer is communion with God — a link between the slave and his Master. Had there been no prayer, man’s life would have been completely rudderless and God would not have been a living force for him.

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Time Management in Public Service

Time management in public service

How to manage time and workload to improve efficiency
One of the main causes of stress that a public servant often faces in his service is mismanagement of time or failure in managing activities in time. There may be a number of reasons behind this phenomenon, ranging from time-wasters to lack of planning, organization or controlling activities in terms of time.

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Responding to the Change in Css Syllabus

Responding to the Change in CSS Syllabus

Although a lot of changes have been introduced to the new syllabus for CSS exam, yet it never means that one should feel desperate and discouraged. Change is always good, and the one which seems to ensure the supply of better lot of new officers to the country’s bureaucratic sodality is vital as well.

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Jinnah’s Vision of Pakistan

Jinnahs Vision of Pakistan

Islam gave the Muslims of India a sense of identity; dynasties like the Mughals gave them territory; poets like Allama Iqbal gave them a sense of destiny. Jinnah’s towering stature derives from the fact that, by leading the Pakistan movement and creating the state of Pakistan, he gave them all three. For the Pakistanis he is simply the Quaid-i-Azam or the Great Leader. Whatever their political affiliation, they believe there is no one quite like him.

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Non-State Actors & India-Pakistan Relations

Non-State Actors

With a slight alteration to the original saying, it can be said that “in ‘international relations’, there are no permanent friends, no permanent enemies. There are only permanent interests.” But, in modern norms of international relations, it is almost incumbent on all states to use only the appropriate, internationally-recognised and acceptable tools, tactics and strategies to pursue their national interests. Their policies and actions must be legitimate and should also be in accordance with the international law. However, a cursory look at the history reveals that states, sometimes, have violated the sovereignty of others in pursuing their own national interests. One such example is the use of non-state actors.

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China’s Growing Attention to Afghanistan

Chinas Growing Attention to Afghanistan

A Harbinger of Stability in Asia
China has been intensifying its diplomatic efforts to help build a peaceful and stable Afghanistan. By indulging in regional consultations on the issue, the Chinese seem determined to deepening their ties with Kabul. All efforts by China are not because the country is seeking to only fill a void left by the withdrawal of US forces, but because it could play a useful role in the reconciliation process between the Afghan government and the Taliban that, in the future, would greatly benefit China. The following paragraphs will examine China’s growing attention to Afghanistan as well as the interests that are motivating Beijing for this.

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China-Pakistan Economic Corridor [Editorial June 2016]



“Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.”


Since the announcement of the construction of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), there was a lot of bickering over its route. However, it’s a good omen that during an All Parties Conference that was chaired by the Prime Minister himself, almost all important political parties of the country have hammered out a consensus on the route issue. The political leadership of the country has opted to first complete the western route of the corridor which would be built from Hasan Abdal to Gwadar, passing through Mianwali, Dera Ismail Khan and Zhob.

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